Warming Yoga For Winter Days

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Posted by Holly McLoughlin (Yoga Holly) on 24 Jan 2018

Sun Salutations are a wellbeing must know, and yoga staple to energise the body and ease out stiffness. It's the perfect antidote to the cold weather we're experiencing this month!

Sun Salutations in Hatha Yoga, are a sequence of 12 body postures also known as Surya Namaskar.  There's plenty of 'how to' videos available for free online if you don't know it yet. I particularly like the description and pictures found here: https://yogavinirishikesh.com/12-surya-namaskar-postures-practice/

This sequence makes a great workout for the cardiovascular system when performed with a fast pace, or incredibly relaxing & reflective practice when done slowly with attention.  The body becomes very warm during this sequence, building heat like the sun.  The symbolism of this sequence asks us to think about the radiance of the sun, and how we can be more like that in life.  

"The Sun never looks at the earth & says 'You owe me' "  HāFIZ

The sun just gives and nurtures unconditionally.  The sun is the source of all light, it makes the plants grow, it is the source of all life on earth.  How often can we say we are able to give in this way?

In our physical body, the solar plexus is the central point of the human body that is behind the navel.  It incorporates the nerve pathway for regulating the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream.  The consistent performance of Sun Salutations can boost the solar plexus.  As a result, vitality, confidence, ingenuity, instinctive and mental abilities increase.  Simply put, it helps us find and grow the energy to turn DESIRE into ACTION!

Once you've got the moves down, add in the breathing technique for an extra boost, beginning with deep exhale as we give out breath to the earth, and breathing in to receive it's energising elixir.

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